Majority of the recruiters share two opinions:
Firstly all good talent in the world is employed and needs to be poached
Secondly unemployed youth are unemployed because of a reason. Often they are not as hardworking and as loyal as the recruits who were employed elsewhere.
Most of my friends who are in-between jobs feel like tomatoes of the grocery store. They were shiny much coveted professionals yesterday, but today they are perishing fast. The longer they stay away the harder it gets to find a decent paying job. Some people join professional training courses to buy time, others fabricate their own consultancy/advisory firms but most of them just don’t update their social media status.
Technology should enable us make more productive use of the time between jobs by allowing us to undertake round the world tours, spend time with family, pursue pet projects and simply restore the work-life balance. Instead smartphones & emails make us work 24X7 when we are employed and harder when we are between jobs.
Yes there are the rare few bold guys who like to be subtle by buying “Linkedin Premium Job seeker subscription” or being direct by putting a professional headline like “Actively seeking employment/job”, “Exploring options”, “available for new opportunities”, “in transition”, etc. are scared that this might be sending a desperate message across and is not the best way to brand oneself.
I really long for a day when a woman could take a 5 year long maternity break and yet could join back the workforce at ease.